Lucas Davenport # 27.
It is jaw-droppingly surprising, when the US Marshalls begin to search Clayton Deese’s home and yard, to find not one body buried there, but several. Deese, a contract killer, takes his targets home and fillets them for a barbeque before he buries them. No, he is not the small-time gun for hire that the law first thought, so when he goes on the run, the Marshalls need the expertise of their outside-the-box Marshal and his two regular side-kicks, Bob and Rae, to track him down.
But Deese is no fool, and ruthless as he is, no sacrifice is too great. He is incapable of any regret, as both the law on his tail and his new gang of home-invader fellows will find out.
Davenport does not get away unscathed. But, after weeks of recuperation, he doggedly returns to the chase as the canny antagonist keeps slipping through his grasp.
John Sandford’s unbelievably long list of Davenport thrillers keeps getting longer with no sign of flagging. I enjoyed GOLDEN PREY which BOOK POSTMORTEM reviewed a few months back, and NEON PREY is no less thrilling.
Yes, there is a thread of cheerful humour woven in, but it mostly falls short of flippant, thank goodness, which can be a trap that some long-running series writers slip into, seemingly without being aware of it. Perhaps it is the churn-‘em-out syndrome?
Sandford is up there with the best there is.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball, Publishers for this Simon & Schuster UK Imprint ARC.